Organised Conflict

22 September-22 November 2003

Artists: Haluk Akakçe, Sami Baydar, Semiha Berksoy, Lukas Duwenhögger, Leyla Gediz, Mehmet Güleryüz, Mehmet Gün, Yalçın Karayağız, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Bülent Şangar, Füsun Onur, Kemal Önsoy, Murat Şahinler, Canan Tolon

Curator: Fulya Erdemci

This exhibition brought together contemporary examples of painting that explore different visual experiences, making use of new technologies, diverse materials and methods. Organised Conflict highlights the threshold between past and future at which painting stands. With a tradition that dates back centuries, painting enjoys a privileged place in modern art.

Fulya Erdemci, the exhibition curator, expressed this dichotomy as follows: ‘Considering the ponderous past of painting and the pace of the international art world (which has functioned for many years as a a kind of playground for video, photography, installation and the like, thanks to new technologies), to venture into painting today is an act of courage! When the arduous process of painting is taken into account, its corporeal involvement, its loneliness, the element of risk that it carries, the transportation difficulties of painting in a ‘global’ world, as well as the lack of an ‘Archemedean’ point of view in terms of, to paint today is an act of courage’.